O'Neill left behind

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

At least Jeff O'Neill will be at home for Thanksgiving dinner.

But that's hardly any consolation for the MapleLeafs winger, who remained back in Toronto while the remainder of the team travelled to Ottawa for tonight's game against the Senators at the Corel Centre.

While his injured right shoulder appears to be getting better, the healing process was not far enough along to allow the hard-shooting O'Neill to accompany the Leafs to the nation's capital.

At this point, O'Neill hopes to be back in the lineup when the Leafs host the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre.

"We'll see how it goes,"O'Neill said yesterday. "A couple of days ago, I was a little more skeptical. But now, at least, it's shown improvement.

"It's just a bruise but the pain is pretty intense."

It could have been worse. O'Neill underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in that same shoulder back in March of 2004.

"It's a relief for me that (it wasn't worse this time),"O'Neill said.

Sens calling

Centre Jason Allison felt the Leafs did a good job shutting down the high-powered Senators in their season-opening 3-2 shootout loss last Wednesday.

But the task could be that much more difficult tonight, given that the Sens will be playing in front of their home fans.

"As for us, I think we really could have produced more offensively,"Allison said."It's something that we'll have to look at."

Coach Pat Quinn was feeling perturbed at the lack of shooting accuracy produced by his offence through the first two games of the season thus far.

"I don't know why we can't hit the net, but we must be better,"Quinn said."That is one of the problems we've been experiencing on the power play."


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